Acting White - Stephanie Staadt Laurie Johnson Edu 130...

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Stephanie Staadt Laurie Johnson Edu 130 9/18/07 Acting White Today was my first day in an ethnically diverse classroom. I noticed quite a few of the students were working hard on the assignment I had assigned which was to read the story in the literature book and answer the questions at the end of the story. I had told them they were allowed to work in groups. As I was walking around the class room, a few of the students were not doing the assignment. I went up to them and asked why they weren’t working. Jane a sophomore, who I had heard about from other teachers as being very smart, but didn’t apply herself spoke up when everyone stared at her. “We’re busy.” I nodded and asked “With what?” She just said “Stuff” I realized there must have been some sort of pear pressure to be so rude to me, since the other’s had stared her down. Some of the teachers had told me that the more accomplished students who were black were always said to be “acting white” by their peers. Jane had always did quite well on individual assignments, which she turned in without any problem. When it came to group work or in class assignments she would slack off and not do anything. I started noticing a pattern that after class she would gather up her books and go to her next class without having turned in an assignment, but in class the next day she would have set it on my desk before I had even came into my classroom.
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